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Sunday / September 22.
  • Naismith Semifinalists Announced

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    The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced Tuesday the 10 semifinalists for the 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy.

    These 10 players are eligible for the group of four finalists, which will be released in mid-March. Fans, once again, will be able to vote for their favorite player by visiting naismithtrophy.com/vote between March 19-30 to cast their ballot, and the fan component counts for five percent of the overall final vote. The 50th Citizen Naismith Trophy will be awarded on April 1 in San Antonio, during the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

    “The Citizen Naismith Trophy celebrates the accomplishments of student-athletes who demonstrate through their play the inner drive and passion that mirrors that of our company’s founding members – Better Starts Now,” said Eric Horowitz, managing director U.S. and travel retail, Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. “These 30 exceptional men have accomplished so much this season and are surely deserving of their spot on this list.”

    NAME CLASS POSITION SCHOOL CONFERENCE
    Deandre Ayton Fr. F Arizona Pac-12
    Marvin Bagley III Fr. F Duke ACC
    Keita Bates-Diop Jr. F Ohio State Big 10
    Trevon Bluiett Sr. G Xavier BIG EAST
    Miles Bridges So. G/F Michigan State Big 10
    Jalen Brunson Jr. G Villanova BIG EAST
    Keenan Evans Sr. G Texas Tech Big 12
    Devonte’ Graham Sr. G Kansas Big 12
    Jock Landale Sr. C St. Mary’s WCC
    Trae Young Fr. G Oklahoma Big 12


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.